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From Brent Lintner <>
Subject [Discuss] The Future of Ripple as a Top Level ASF Project
Date Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:07 GMT
Hey All,

Since becoming an incubator project (being donated graciously by
BlackBerry), Ripple has seen positive contributions.

However, it is also apparent that the community does not seem large enough
to sustain a project like this as a top level project (let alone an
individual PMC).

Three of the original contributors/creators of Ripple are now fully
involved in a new technology startup in an unrelated field and therefore we
no longer have the resources to support Ripple in ASF. Also, BlackBerry has
given no resources to help since donating Ripple to the ASF (this might be
due to a change in their internal priorities).

Given this, I would like to propose:

1. We find more community members willing to lead committership of the
project, and see how that goes.

2. We also consider the eventuality of folding Ripple into another ASF
project, if possible. If so, it would seem Cordova is a candidate for this,
especially given the project being one of Ripple's main focus and support.
If the community votes for this, we should involve the Cordova community to
gage their interests as well (I've CC'd their mailing list in this email).

3. If the above does not work out, I would then suggest we consider the
most unfortunate (put perhaps prudent) eventuality, which is to "fail"
Ripple as an incubator project. "fail" is this case, not being negative.

And, if it does fail incubation- what does ASF normally do with the project?

Does it get donated back to the original party? Does it get moved to an
open source project outside of ASF (under a different license)?

Any insight would be appreciated!

Brent Lintner

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